Matt speaks from Luke 13. He walks through two stories that clearly illustrate the character of Jesus and shows 1) Who is important to Him, 2) What is important to Him, and 3) How He acts toward others.
Our prayers reveal our thoughts, our fears, our affections. Are we praying fearless prayers or prayers of self-protection, self-absorption, and fear? Matt wraps up our Fearless series by taking a look at the prayers of those in the early church.
The early Christians were known as FEARLESS! But what about us? What would happen if we were known as fearless? How do we become more fearless? Matt speaks during the second week of the Fearless series and reminds us that the level of our fearlessness is largely determined by what we fix our eyes upon.
Why are we so full of fear? What causes fear? Don't we want to live more free and more fearless? Today, Matt kicks off a three week series called fearless. We want to look like the early church and live more fearless. Uncertainty is a certainty but living fearful is a choice. Let's live full of hope and free from fear.
Generosity is not just an annual or seasonal act. It is a lifestyle that intertwines with our day-to-day life. David continues our generosity series by looking at the life of Ruth. Her life was a rhythm of regular generosity that honored God, blessed others, and reminds us of an all-important truth: our lives are not our own.
God calls us to be generous with our whole lives. And it’s when we realize how generous God has been with us that we find ourselves being more generous with others. As we launch our series on generosity, David will start by defining true generosity. It is giving away what God has generously given us.
How we view life depends largely on what generation we belong to. For this Family Sunday, David talks about the blessings God brings through generational differences. We celebrate our kids and students who are making milestone moves this upcoming year and allow them to hear from the older generation that has been where they are going.
So often we don't know how to respond to the reality of persectuion because we don't really know what it is. David kicks off our 4-week series on the persecuted church by defining just what persecution is and why it is so important to talk about it.
Matt wraps up our walk through the book of Hebrews by reminding us that we who are followers of the King are not meant to live our lives on shaky ground. We can be fearless because our King and his Kingdom are unshakable.
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24-25
Matt speaks from Hebrews 10 and answers these 3 questions:
What does "spur one another on" mean?
What do we we spur one another on with?
How do we spur one another on?
It is one thing to draw near to God, but what does it take to stay near? This week, David continues our ‘Let Us’ series by exploring the central promise of God. It’s in our understanding of this promise that we will draw and stay near to Jesus.
This week we are invited to mature spiritually. We're challenged to grow up and leave childish things behind. But scripture also calls to come to Jesus like a child. So what does real maturity look like? There's a difference between being child-like and childish. There's a difference between knowing stuff about God and knowing Jesus. Knowing Jesus is childlike. Knowing Jesus equals maturity.
This week Matt speaks during part two of our series in the book of Hebrews. He looks at chapter 4 as we discover how to experience true life-sustaining rest. Fearing the Lord is the key to experiencing true rest. When we fear the Lord rightly we'll follow the Lord fully, and we'll experience true rest.
Matt kicks off our series called "Let Us" which is a study of the book of Hebrews. During the time it was written the Jewish Christians were under great persecution. They were wondering if it was worth it to follow Jesus and whether or not it was working. We begin to explore the 16 "let us" statements that help us stay the course with Jesus.